Potential Jurors Can’t Be Removed Because a Relative is Disabled
November 22, 2022
When a woman who was partially paralyzed during childbirth sued one of her doctors, the doctor's lawyer removed two possible jurors whose family members had disabilities, saying that they would be more likely to sympathize with the woman.
Trial attorneys are allowed to remove a certain number of potential jurors without giving a reason, but not if a judge finds that the actual reason was the juror’s race, gender, sexual orientation or another characteristic protected by state law. That law was extended to disability in 2017, and the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles ruled that it also bars removal of a juror because the juror has a family member who is disabled.
For more information see the article, "Potential jurors can’t be removed because a relative is disabled, court rules".